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Govt imposes stock limit on onion traders till 31 December to contain prices

Retailers can stock onions only up to 2 tonne, whereas wholesale traders are allowed to keep up to 25 tonne, Consumer Affairs Secretary Leena Nandan said.
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Onion export ban is not the answer — it hurts farmers & India’s image as a reliable exporter

Onion prices have already risen due to heavy rain and crop damage, and could hurt consumers reeling due to income loss in the Covid-induced lockdown.
File image of Bangalore Rose onions | Commons

‘Bangalore Rose’ onion growers hit hard by Modi govt ban on export, say will affect income

Karnataka BJP MP Tejasvi Surya appealed to the Centre to exempt ‘Bangalore Rose’ from the ban as this special variety is grown for export to Southeast Asian countries.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt bans export of all varieties of onions to check price rise

The move is aimed at increasing the availability of onions in the domestic market. In the national capital, prices touched Rs 40 per kg.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

Onion prices could touch Rs 100/kg by Oct as heavy rain damaged early-kharif crop, rabi stock

Over the last two weeks, wholesale and retail prices have more than doubled in several markets across India, including the largest wholesale onion market in Nashik.
Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Onion prices could spike again in Sept-Dec as govt’s short of buffer stock procurement target

The government had nearly doubled its buffer stock target to 1 lakh metric tonnes after last year’s price rise, but so far, it has only procured 45,000 MT.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Wholesale vegetable prices soar as demand rises, retail rates to spike too if supply gap stays

Wholesale traders cite a nearly 20% increase in demand for vegetables as restaurants, dhabas, canteens and other eateries have opened since 1 June.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

Govt lifts MEP, announces free export of all onion varieties from 15 March

In September 2019, the govt banned onion exports and also imposed an MEP of $ 850 per tonne, after prices started skyrocketing due to supply-demand mismatch.
Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Poor storage, panic imports, govt failures led to 2019 onion crisis. It could happen again

Excess monsoon destroyed the kharif onion crop, but there was much administrative failure that led to the prices crossing Rs 150 per kg.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

No one wants imported onions. So, Modi govt plans distress sale to states at Rs 10/kg

Govt spent Rs 226 crore to import the onions, but has only sold worth Rs 17-19 crore to the states.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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